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Updated August 17, 2017


Metropolitan Builders Association Parade of Homes, through Sept. 4, Fox Meadow in Menomonee Falls, Highlander Estates in Mequon and Four Windís West in Hartland. Hours: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays (except Labor Day) through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and Labor Day. $12 for adults, $6 for seniors (65 and older) and children (ages 3 through 12); children 3 and younger get in free. Adult tickets are $10 at

37th annual Irish Fest, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee. The largest Irish festival in the world. A celebration of Irish music, food and culture. Performers from the renowned TradFest Temple Bar in Dublin will take on their first engagement on U.S. soil. General admission is $20, $15 for seniors 60 and up, and free for 12 and younger. Visit for many ticket specials.

Sixth annual Midwest Stand Up Paddle Festival, Saturday, Community Center in Oconomowoc. Learn to stand up paddle board, register for a short or long paddle race and get your feet wet in the sport of stand up paddle boarding. Start the day with yoga and attend paddle clinics and more. All proceeds will go towards the OHS Sports Boosters and a local clean water charity., 262-261-3800.

Ride to the Barns, 8 a.m. Saturday, Camp/Quad, begins and ends at highways Q and 83,  Town of Erin. Tall Pines Conservancy will host the ride through Lake Country and rolling farmland in Waukesha, Washington and Dodge counties. A route more than 60 miles starts at 8 a.m. and a route more than 30 miles begins at 9 a.m. Rest stops will include community farms serving locally grown food, with snacks sourced and created by a local chef. A post-ride party offers locally grown foods, beer, refreshments, a live auction and music.Registration is $95 per person. Visit to register. For more information, contact 262-369-0500 or

21st Donna Lexa Memorial Art Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, along the Glacial Drumlin Bicycle Trail in Wales., 262-853-0808.

Historic Beer Brewing, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Old World Wisconsin, W372-S9727 Highway 67, Town of Eagle. Milwaukee Brewing will be featured. Stop by the Sudhaus, in the German Area, and get a cold brew while learning more about Wisconsinís rich brewing history. Brewing event is included with museum admission: $19 for adults, $16 for seniors 65 and up, $10 for ages 5 through 17, free for 4 and younger.

Bluegrass in the Park, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Pulaski Park, East Grange and South Swift avenues in Cudahy. KR Bluegrass Band, Dillweeds and Bluegrass All-Stars will perform.  Food, refreshments and raffles available. All proceeds from the event are used for further upgrades in the park and the 1930s-era pavilion. No admission. Visit the Friends of Pulaski Park - Cudahy Facebook page.

1870s Base Ball Game, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Old World Wisconsin, W372-S9727 Highway 67, Town of Eagle. Eagle Diamonds play at their home field. No gloves allowed. Admission is included with museum admission: $19 for adults, $16 for seniors 65 and up, $10 for ages 5 through 17, free for 4 and younger.

Light Up the Lake Boat Parade and Fireworks, 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Lac La Belle City Beach, 324 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

Maxwell Street Days, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Field Park, highways 83 and NN, Mukwonago.

Heirloom Gardening, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Old World Wisconsin, W372-S9727 Highway 67, Town of Eagle. Tours and talks with heirloom garden experts will showcase hundreds of varieties of vegetables, flowers and herbs. Explore over a dozen gardens, enjoy cooking demonstrations and sample organically grown heirloom produce. Gardening event is included with museum admission: $19 for adults, $16 for seniors 65 and up, $10 for ages 5 through 17, free for 4 and younger.

Pack the Back Fun Day, noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 26, Roberta Park on Grand Avenue near Sunset Drive in Waukesha.  Bridge Church will give away hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies on a first-come, first-served basis.  Child must be present for a backpack.  Free food, inflatables and games.  262-542-4922,

Taste of the Islands celebration, 2 p.m. Aug. 26, Peck Pavilion, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee. Celebrate the close of the Live at Peck Pavilion series with a daylong celebration with music, food and culture of The Florida Keys. National touring Jimmy Buffet tribute band Bluffet and Caribbean Eclipse will perform, plus kids activities, art vendors and more. Free admission.

Ninth annual Wine & Vine Etc., 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 26, Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi arbor, 3221 S. Lake Drive, St. Francis. Celebrate the grape arbor built in 1912. It features wines, craft beers, coffee, tea and food from many area restaurants and vendors. Advance tickets are $55 or $35 for non-alcohol tickets for adults and under 21. Visit

Fifth annual Brew City Cigar Festival, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 26, Old Heidelberg Park, 700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale. Cigars, cigar girls, samples of food and alcohol. Raise funds for the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative. $150 and up., 414-418-3148.

St. Francis Days, Aug. 31 through Sept. 3, Milt Vretenar Memorial Park, 4224 S. Kirkwood Ave., St. Francis.



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